Working a bit more directly from recent field sketching experiences from chew valley lake and slimbridge. At Chew familiar inhabitants of the same bay… familiar inhabitants of 40 odd years and feeling I should know them better… At Slimbridge looking at the captive birds, or at least very close up visitors, feels more like human life drawing… and something refreshing in that…
The wild birds rendered relatively 2D when they are off in the distance, even when looked at through the telescope. When they are down around the kneecaps and you’re looking across their width/depth it is a different picture.
That alongside weighing up the virtues of monoprint vs. woodcut and so far monoprint is winning… partly because when its done its done… with the woodcut there is still the possibility of meddling.